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Poster: Scrim Date: Dec 4, 2006 4:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

When I was a kid (I don't know, maybe I was 10) I went to the state fair. My parents were off doing something, and I was looking at this giant board of pins trying to chose something to spend my 50 cents on wisely. The guy who was running the booth took down a pin with Jerry Garcia on it, a famous picture of Jerry looking over his glasses. He gave it to me saying "Here, take this one. His name is Jerry Garcia. You may not know who he is, but trust me, you will." I stashed the pin away at home, and years later when I found it again, I remembered the whole situation on how I got it like it was yesterday. By then, though, I still hadn't listened to them. Who were these guys, and why did he give me that pin? Nobody had ever given anything to me before.
My brother was off at college in my early teens, and when he would come home he would tell these GREAT stories of going to Grateful Dead concerts. He would tell them at the dinner table, and I was soooo intrigued. My parents were too, he had a great way of telling a story.

Going through high school, I was mostly listening to classic hard rock. I knew some Grateful Dead songs, but they never caught my ear. Then I went off to college, and got associated with a wonderful group of people who were deadheads. I think they asked me for a lighter in the parking lot while we were all skipping classes. The rest is history: they turned me onto some great jams, heard my first Scarlet>Fire>Estimated, listened to some JGB shows, and went with them to some shows. Going to my first concert sealed my fate.

20+ years later, these guys are still great friends, and I owe them for everything I have become. All those decisions you make through life, all those twists and turns, really matter. Who knows where I would be without Jerry, “our father in life.”


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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Dec 4, 2006 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

I saw the Dead before I'd ever heard anything other than the FM radio stuff. A stoner buddy broke up with his girlfriend & had an extra ticket. Promised me we'd have a great time. That was 9/6/80 and Lewiston, ME ain't but forty miles from me, the last Saturday before my sophomore h.s. year began. He was right; we had a blast, I got myself a whole new respect for the band...but I was by no means a Deadhead. The next year Reckoning came out & it knocked me goofy...then of course Deadset after that. I swear I wore the vinyl out.
Then came Sept. the following year. Cumberland County Civic Center, 9/17/82.

The earth moved.

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Poster: TheDaliTrauma Date: Dec 5, 2006 5:21pm
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I was a young surly punk rock kid. I had a deadhead aunt that I adored who regaled me with stories of psychedelic abandon and I was a fan of all the beat literature I could get my hands on. My parents had a wierd grudge against the Dead. They were Quicksilver fans and I think they hated the fact they never got their due. To this day they'll still say, "Turn off this Grateful Dead crap! Aint' you got any Quicksilver? Aint' you got any Big Brother?" Anyway, I was a punk rock kid and I used to hang out (loiter) at this guitar shop. One of the guys there was named Big Jeff and he was like 7 feet tall and 500 lbs and he could play guitar like crazy. He had a band and they would play Stooges and MC5 songs as well as their own stuff. I would sneak into bars and see them play. One afternoon I was at the guitar shop and he was playing this song on an acoustic guitar and he said "sing it man." and I said "I don't know that song." And he said "You don't know Friend of the Devil by the Grateful Dead?!" and I said "No, I don't listen to that hippy shit." He shook his head. "You've heard the Grateful Dead?" and I said "Of course. Truckin' like the dooh dah man and all that? What the fuck is a dooh-dah man anyway?" He said "You've heard the Dead, but you've never listened to the Dead."
He gave me a cassette to listen to. I put it in my walkman, jumped on the skateboard and headed home. The music caused me to stop everything, sit down and just listen. I sat down on a bench and just listened. I closed my eyes as 'Dark Star' plucked me out of my safe suburban punk rock kid existance and took me on a journey.
My aunt took me to my first show and I was on the bus...

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Poster: harold920 Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

When I was in High School in the late 70's, I had friends who were really into the Dead, but for some reason, I never got it. I went through some real tough times abusing drugs and alcohol. I went through treatment and a halfway house in 1981. There was this guy who was really into the band. He played a tape from one of the shows, I remember really hearing The Other One. Then IT happened. OMG!! I have been on the bus ever since. Yeah, I know. I have heard it a lot lately. I have gone to all my shows SOBER. and I still had the time of my life. For me, there is a very spritually moving experience listening to GD music. FYI.. I have had similar experiences at an Indian Pow Wow, Baptist Church Revival and Grateful Dead concerts. Hmmm...

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Poster: elkdog Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:36pm
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Thanks Harold. I have never listened to the Dead under the influence of anything more than a drink or two. Truth be told, the drinks don't help. A really choice Dead show will tingle every synapse I've got, and I want them all to be ready for it. I'm not discrediting the experiences others here have had in an altered state (far from it- I'm a theology student, and it often sounds religious to me), just letting you know that I'm right there with you.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Dec 4, 2006 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

I love reading the stories that this question generates. Mine is not so exciting, I'm afraid.

I'm 26 now, really just a year or so too young to have seen the Dead. My parents were fans in the early 70's though, and have all of the albums through Blues for Allah on vinyl, including Live Dead and Europe '72. I grew up with Europe '72 and American Beauty being played on a pretty regular basis. When Jerry died, we were on a road trip to New Orleans for a reunion. All the media that week seemed to be talking about him and the phenomenon of Dead shows. When I got home, I pulled the album that was obviously a Dead show, Live Dead, out and played it loud through headphones- my first intentional listen to the Dead. Dark Star was a little bit over my head, but St. Stephen hit me like a ton of bricks, and The Eleven just made it better.

Next, I listened to Europe '72. This was a different band! Sugar Magnolia from that release is still my anthem for a sunny day when I can relax. I've been collecting shows since my freshman year of college, for 8 years now. There aren't many defunct bands that you could still be learning about after being a serious fan for 8 years. There's no band that is as powerful to me as the Grateful Dead.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:18pm
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Beautiful!

Where are the "clappy-hands" that I use over at Deadhook?

Need those darn things...








...maybe in here....nope.



Oh well. Clap. Clap. Clap.

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Dec 4, 2006 8:15pm
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Max, if I had my emotioncons available I would be using the little blue face guy that's laughing so hard he's pounding the ground. :D





I haven't told you yet, but since you and I have become buds.... you have a grate sense of humor! I could just think back to when I first read the furniture and cat in therapy post.... you crack me up!! :D

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Poster: deadmax Date: Dec 4, 2006 9:03pm
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Wish ya did 'cause i could have really used them today here at the "Archive".

Got you disks together and addressed. Should go out Tuesday unless Satan (my boss) has other plans.

I teach from 8:00am to 12:00pm then again from 6:00pm till 10:00pm and do my "real" job in between as Director of the Networking Department.

Needless to say I'm quitting very soon.

Hard to do with two young girls, but I think they will think more of their Dad for doing it than not.

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Dec 4, 2006 9:17pm
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you wanted to use them today at the archive, because of funny stuff? or something else?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 4, 2006 4:29pm
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My older brothers bought the first album; Golden Road held a huge fascination...

Always loved that song.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Dec 4, 2006 4:37pm
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In May of 1978, this guy down the hall smoked "special" cigarettes and told me I could try them if ever I wanted. So I went and we did. He had on the great rockin song that turned out to be OMSN from Best Of. I couldn't believe it was the Dead.

That Fall, back at school, all of the new Freshmen were Deadheads! That's all we listened to. Had a chance to see them in Pittsburgh in Nov but skipped and didn't go until May '79. 5/4/79 was a great show just crappy recordings of it though.

Now that we have the Archive, I feel like the bus has come around again and instead of "further" in the destination it now reads "later".

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 4, 2006 4:33pm
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Throught my early teens had only heard studio Dead. My thoughts were always "These guys SUCK!"

In 83 - a friend handed me a tape with the words GD 5/8/77 written on it. I rolled my eyes and said "fine" in a rather negative way and went home with it. Well, I played it........ HOOK LINE AND SINKER - couple of months later was going to my first show.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Dec 4, 2006 4:35pm
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from the guy i got my acid from in high school,he used to get a mail order every week from out west.one free weekend i went over to his place to check out the new shipment and asked what was up with all the skulls with lighting bolts on the wall you into satan.he chuckled and told me it's the one of many grateful dead logo's.looked at him funny and said what.he ripped four hits of some green blotter out and handed them to me and said stick around,so i ate the four hits and he started to give me the lowdown on the band and music,about 45 minutes into the chatting about the dead the room started breathing and he was splitting into three's and i had the perm grin going on is when he put some dead on an bam i was on for a ride.the following day as i came down and totally speechless he asked if i got it and i said hell yes,he gave me 7 tapes that he played while i was wiggin 8-27-72,8-22-68,4-5-69,5-8-77 and the rest where studio mixes of anthem and others.he took me to my first show and stayed best friends for 20 years now.i can never repay him enough for turning me on to the greatest music in the world.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 5, 2006 11:08am
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I was 14 or so...had this friend Todd whose older brother was a big Dead Head.

One day he says to me "hey, kid--what music do you like?"....I was flummoxed and mumbled something about liking "Foreigner" because "Cold as Ice" was the big hit of the day...he starts laughing his ass off and says "Dude...forget that. Listen to this", and he puts on American Beauty...soon as I heard "Friend of the Devil" that's when the bus came by...

about a year later (1979) I heard the Dead were coming to nassau Coliseum, and I begged my parents to let me go w/my friend. They didn't know the Dead per se but knew enough not to let me go alone, so my Mom chaperoned. Midway thru the first set when they ripped a killer "Jack Straw", that's when I Got On The Bus for good.

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Poster: AlbuquerqueDigger Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:47pm
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what did Mom think of the show?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 6, 2006 9:36am
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Ha! I think she was too freaked out by the scene and the Heads to really enjoy the show.

But the following year my Dad was pegged to be chaperone, and he really enjoyed it, even if after the show I had to correct him that the song he found himself singing to was not "SugarBEE" as he kept singing on the way out (much to my 15-year old embarrassment) but was in fact pronounced "Sugar-EE".

Good times.

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Poster: Edsel Date: Dec 4, 2006 4:46pm
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After arriving in San Francisco during the spring of '67, I was taken by a good friend to what I thought was her basement apartment on the corner of Waller and Asbury. Turns out it wasn't hers, but I stayed for several months anyway.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:17pm
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The way I got turned on.. well.. I was probably 10. My step-brother (29 now) had cassettes of europe 72 and other bootlegs. He used to play them in the car, and i'd think...wow wtf is this crap music? ha. I asked once.. he said "The Grateful Dead".


Then I turned 18 and had some friends I used to do mischievous things with... they had a few songs of the dead on their player. Not deadheads in the nearest though.


Basically.. I get curious.. look the dead up on wikipedia. I see "dark star" mentioned.... and that's where it got me. "A jam that the dead played that evolved over 30 years" and it got me. I listened to dark star on itunes selection of music.. didn't like it.. hit up a few other popular songs like truckin and whatnot.

"The music never stopped" for me..7 months now

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:37pm
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Max ... can you just clarify one thing for me? About Dark Star, you say you _didn't like it_. Do you now? And if so, what or which version brought you around?

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Poster: TJ1027 Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:59pm
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I discovered the Dead in 1972 while in high school. I grew up in Southern Connecticut so it was easy to tune in to many of the great late night progressive FM radio in the New York City. The first Dead album I bought was Europe 72 which received a considerable amount of airplay. I've always considered the Dead a great American garage band. I couldn't figure out what the excitement about Dark Star was all about until I saw the band play it live. The considerable amount of pot I smoked on my way to the show certainly helped. The churning thud, thud, thud of Phil's bass sucked me in and my mind has been bent ever since.

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Poster: sparky999255 Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:25pm
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Who are these, "Grateful Dead" of which you speak.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 5, 2006 3:34pm
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Misfits who play for misfits. Sound like anyone you know?

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Dec 5, 2006 1:49pm
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Okay here it is. When I was a youngster, about thirteen, I knew that the band often dosed people without their knowledge. I thought, "What a bunch of assholes!" and through some interviews at the time (around 1969-70), I thought Garcia the biggest asshole of them all. They meant nothing to me until I became very interested in the San Franciso scene around 1976 (an article by Charles Perry in Rolling Stone started it off). I bought Workingman's in a used bookstore for three bucks, played it, thought what the hell is psychedlec about this? Went back to the Airplane, Beatles and Ultimate Spinach.

In 1976 I heard Crazy Fingers on FM radio and fell in love with it. Purchased Blues For Allah and thought, okay a little psychedelci but that the Blues For Allah sequence was a little too far out for me. Bought Europe '72. Loved the rocker but thought the long jams were self-indulgent noodling. Heard them on King Biscuit but that was more '77 rockers with not too much spacey stuff. Went back to Blue Cheer, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Sex Pistols and David Bowie.

Later on a trip to San Francisco in '79 I visited Recycled Records at the corner of Haight and Clayton and bought Anthem of the Sun---original mix---again for three bucks. Played it when I got home to Toronto and thought "What a fuckin' mess of a record! Did the same with After Bathing at Baxters. Who mixes this shit, I thought.

About two months later I did some acid with my brother and best friend and the three of us thought, "What the hell!" threw on both records and proceeded to melt through the floor of my apartment and the two apartments below us. We ended up as joyous puddles on the street with cars splashing through us with their tires while the Pig was saying "All you need/All you got to have...".

I have a vivid memory of Jerry beginning that superb guitar solo in 'Alligator' and that I was lying face down on the floor. My left foot began to twitch, then my leg, then both legs, then I'm on my knees bopping, then I have to stand up and move a bit, then I'm dancing, then I'm gone, brothers and sisters...gone, gone, GONE!

The usual baptism of fire. Baxter's was pretty sweet too. Oh and Blues For Allah got played as well. Oh and Europe '72, particularly the "self-indulgent" parts.

I would not see them for another two years, after I moved to Lonon, UK.

See above post.

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Dec 5, 2006 1:00pm
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In '68 and '69 I was big into the Jefferson Airplane who were often mentioned with or playing with the Grateful Dead. Natural progression, and then a close surfing buddy fell heavily into the Dead experience, pulling many of us along for the ride. Didn't pay much attention after about '74 what with family and work, but when I retired and had time, I felt the call,,,,,

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 5, 2006 7:27am
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I really like this question.

My true "discovery," if you will, of The Grateful Dead is quite personal and represents one of the major turning points in my life, namely the transition from childhood to, well, whatever it was that came next.

I was a little kid in southern California during the 60's, and so many of my earliest memories are of rock-n-roll: my older sister in her room jammin' out to She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand with the girl from the other side of the cul-de-sac; our older cousin, whose babysitting assignments with us were always a source of great fun, sharing with us her then-brand new purchase which was called Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; a visit with my older brother to a donut shop that had a jukebox and being told by him to punch in the numbers to play a really neato song called Purple Haze; a later jukebox selection while out to eat at a restaurant with my family, this time made purely out of curiosity and independent of input from older influences, called Honky Tonk Women (and as a result, my favorite Rolling Stones song to this day). As far as contemporary music of the era that had its genesis on this side of the Atlantic, the very first rock-n-roll song I remember getting off on (get ready for this one, folks) was Hanky Panky by Tommy James And The Shondells. It was a 7" 45 rpm masterpiece that belonged to the older brother of my and my brother's next-door playmate, and the guy's record collection was the source of a whole lot of other excitement to our ears, including the later Tommy James stuff, namely Crimson & Clover and Crystal Blue Persuasion, as well as all of those Creedence Clearwater Revival albums he had.

During that time, there was a lot of news coverage of the cultural revolution that was taking place to the north of us in San Francisco, and with that, the city's music scene and all of those new bands, bizarre names and all: Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, as well as CCR (though, technically, a South Bay band), and the one with perhaps the weirdest name of all, The Grateful Dead.

I read all I could find that was written about it. I actually ordered a book from Scholastic Book Services in fourth grade about the Fillmore, East and West, that edified me about some of the other people who graced those stages, including Janis Joplin and The Allman Brothers Band. As far as my listening tastes, though, the Brits still held a lot of my interest, as they did for countless others. At the age of seven, maybe eight, while accompanying Mom on one of her visits to the J.C. Penney's fabric department (a frequent shopping destination of hers which I viewed as nothing short of complete dread), I slipped away to covet some of the latest releases that were stocked in their music section. I returned, holding up a copy of Led Zeppelin II, squeaking a plea for her to purchase it for me. Going against what she probably thought to be her better judgment, she complied, thus starting my album collection and essentially opening Pandora's Box.

Another English band that caught my interest at that time was The Who, mainly because of the genius of Pete Townshend, who saw that he could raise the bar in rock-n-roll by scoring an opera with it, an opera about pinball, no less.

A few years later, I was watching one of those late-night weekend music shows, probably either The Midnight Special or Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, and saw a commercial for a new album, Grateful Dead From The Mars Hotel. Maybe only 30 seconds in length (check the Grateful Dead Movie DVD-it's a bonus feature. At some point, I might relate why I believe I was instrumental in getting it included on the disc), it stuck in my head, not necessarily for it's quirky animation, but actually for the trippy music that underscored the visuals (again, refer to the DVD-I think the music was most likely Unbroken Chain).

Within a couple of years, my nose was buried in Tom Wolfe's chronicle, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. As much as anything, I found the title to be irresistable, but there they were again: The Grateful Dead.

Fast forward to 1976. Mom asked what I wanted for my birthday. For a long time, I had wanted to see with my own eyes rock-n-roll being performed live. Actually, a footnote to this biography would be the fact that when we were still little, my brother and I coaxed Dad into taking us to a custom car show where one of the featured side acts was none other than Santana. But as far as actually going to a concert, Mom gave me money to buy my 15th birthday present, tickets for me and my best friend to one of Bill Graham's Day On The Green shows at the Oakland Coliseum. As I said, The Who had been a favorite of mine. But it was the band that started off the show that Sunday morning that captured my fascination and has held it without cessation for thirty years. As I said at the beginning, that day marked the break from my world as a child and introduced to me to possibilities of imagination, creativity, and alternate perspectives. And music. Sweet, sweet, wonderful, amazing music.

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Poster: pugs Date: Dec 5, 2006 11:04am
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livin 45 minutes from the spectrum in nov 79 i hopped in the car with some guys from the hood who were goin to the show. went had a great time but didnt get it till the august 1980 run of the spectrum>landover, week off, lewiston combo with one of those guys who inducted me back a while ago.227 nights later, its 1995 spectrum and we get the unbroken...how was i to know it would be the last jerry for me.....

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Poster: north bound train Date: Dec 4, 2006 6:17pm
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My oldest brother used to listen to them in the 70's, I was much too young then. My best friend in HS, who was also the youngest, grew up listening to the band. His older brother and sisters took me along to my first show in 1987. I told the story before that I wore an Izod that night I was so unaware of the music and scene. (Thanks highflow, for your encouragement months ago, saying that everyone thought I was a Bobby fan! Still makes me smile!) I was amazed just to see tie-dye paper. Who knew?

I didn't get on the bus until little over a year later, in my same friend's college apartment and a room mate of his who had access to a huge collection from another of his friend's back in Jersey.

See, they had this little round room, on the third floor, it had no windows, was white all around, carpeted, and a low ceiling. It had stick-on, glow in the dark stars on that ceiling and a good boom box in the center of the room.

Scarlet>Fire and I got. Big. It was one of those twists and turns mentioned earlier.

I miss that little round room with no windows, those stars on the ceiling glowing bright, and the Dead exploding from that tape players speakers.

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Dec 5, 2006 2:08pm
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Okay here it is. When I was a youngster, about thirteen, I knew that the band often dosed people without their knowledge. I thought, "What a bunch of assholes!" and through some interviews at the time (around 1969-70), I thought Garcia the biggest asshole of them all. They meant nothing to me until I became very interested in the San Franciso scene around 1976 (an article by Charles Perry in Rolling Stone started it off). I bought Workingman's in a used bookstore for three bucks, played it, thought what the hell is psychedlec about this? Went back to the Airplane, Beatles and Ultimate Spinach.

In 1976 I heard Crazy Fingers on FM radio and fell in love with it. Purchased Blues For Allah and thought, okay a little psychedelci but that the Blues For Allah sequence was a little too far out for me. Bought Europe '72. Loved the rocker but thought the long jams were self-indulgent noodling. Heard them on King Biscuit but that was more '77 rockers with not too much spacey stuff. Went back to Blue Cheer, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Sex Pistols and David Bowie.

Later on a trip to San Francisco in '79 I visited Recycled Records at the corner of Haight and Clayton and bought Anthem of the Sun---original mix---again for three bucks. Played it when I got home to Toronto and thought "What a fuckin' mess of a record! Did the same with After Bathing at Baxters. Who mixes this shit, I thought.

About two months later I did some acid with my brother and best friend and the three of us thought, "What the hell!" threw on both records and proceeded to melt through the floor of my apartment and the two apartments below us. We ended up as joyous puddles on the street with cars splashing through us with their tires while the Pig was saying "All you need/All you got to have...".

I have a vivid memory of Jerry beginning that superb guitar solo in 'Alligator' and that I was lying face down on the floor. My left foot began to twitch, then my leg, then both legs, then I'm on my knees bopping, then I have to stand up and move a bit, then I'm dancing, then I'm gone, brothers and sisters...gone, gone, GONE!

The usual baptism of fire. Baxter's was pretty sweet too. Oh and Blues For Allah got played as well. Oh and Europe '72, particularly the "self-indulgent" parts.

I would not see them for another two years, after I moved to London, UK.

See above post.

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Poster: AlbuquerqueDigger Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:10pm
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Whelp, I was peripherally aware of them during the 70's and was quite the freak back then. In 1983 I was in the Marines,(yeah, I know), and surprise, there were a bunch of deadheads in my barracks. Turned on but not past the threshold of freekdom until 1986. First show was later, Vegas 1991; total meltdown, before and after experience......uhhhh, what were we talkin about?

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 4, 2006 6:09pm
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OK, it's 1984, Lehigh University, M & M dorms (our floor was the one they told tour directors NOT to take prospective students). I'm away from home, no real friends, you know, starting over. Anway, I fall in with a real good bunch of guys who were big into the Dead. I had heard the Dead before, but nothing had "clicked" yet. After hanging out with these guys for a few weeks and smoking WAY too much, IT happened. I remember to this day the exact moment the light shone down. I was in this kid's room, we had just gotten fried and he slid a tape in and said "check this out, I know you like Dew's". He had put in Augusta 84 (so this show had recently occured) and cranked it. When the show began I was liking it, not loving it. But when Jerry let out that first growl in Dew, a light deep, deep inside me went on and engulfed my entire being, sparking a smile I will always treasure, and I was permanently hooked. My "It" had awoken. That one show will always be special to me regardless of quality, it was a real "eye opener".

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Poster: jhender501 Date: Dec 4, 2006 7:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

I grew up in the SF Bay Area..first heard of the Grateful Dead reading about them in the paper, seeing them on TV. Bought their first album the day it came out. Also was at the "Human Be-In" in
GG Park in January 67 and I was hooked.


Jim

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Dec 4, 2006 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

Augusta 10/11-12/84! Hometown shows! Shit yeah!


...You gotta love it when your hometown ain't but 25,000!

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Dec 4, 2006 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

I have throughly enjoyed reading this thread. but, of course, you knew I would.... thanks for sharing :)


When I was 16 years old my parents moved us from Brooklyn, NY to a small town in the middle of jersey. It was a complete culture shock to me, all the way around. My boyfriend then was the biggest deadhead ever, and turned me on to it. after the first show I was hooked! He broke my heart, and after him I met my husband. The sad thing was, he died when he was 21 in a car accident. :( But here's the crazy part... my sister wound up marrying his little brother. So, my brother-in-law, huge deadhead too, has kept me in the know all this time. He has always shared all his shows with me, but thanks to my trading hobby this past year, I'm finding him shows he's always wanted too. :)

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

By accident. In 1984 before music videos were popular there was a show on USA network called nightflight that ran from midnight to 4AM in 1 hr blocks. Around 2 AM they teased a Pink Floyd video that I wanted to check that out. I first had to sit thorugh a Grateful dead video, which I thought was heavy metal because of the name and the movement at the time. They played On the Road again from the Radio City show and i was hooked. The band was scheduled to play Hartford a month later and I got tix. My mom dropped off and my friend's father picked up. Ah, freshman year.

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Poster: rasjahn Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

my friends girlfriend was into them so back in 88? hjk my friend and i end up there to score some doses yes we got em alright real potent green gels blew my mind any didnt get in the show so my other friend started buying workings mans and american beuty and we all made fun of "what is this cuntry shit" so some shoreline came around june of 1989 and made it in the middle nite i believe and the music felt like a long lost friend like i already heard every song even though i havent instantly hooked only missed a handful of west coast shows from 89 to 95

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 4, 2006 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

My brother (seems like they are to blme in many cases!) is 4 yrs older than me. He went away to prep school in the 10th grade in 1972 and eventually started coming back with tapes of the studio stuff that he played in his VW that another friend hooked up a cassette player in. I always remember hearing Box of Rain off American Beauty and wondered why a band would let a guy who sang like that ever sing. I never really had any bootleg tapes until after I graduated from college in 81 from a very Deadhead buddy from college.5/7/77 was the first show.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Dec 5, 2006 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

The first time I heard them I was 11, the Touch of Grey video was on MTV 24/7. I loved the song and the video. My sister was a "Touch Head." She went to shows, had tapes - Europe 72, In the Dark and Skeletons. I started stealing them all off of her around the age of 14. Around that same time, the cool local radio station picked up the Dead Hour - I'll never forget - Sundays at 7:00 PM. This is what solidified my experience with the Dead. I was hooked ever since.

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Poster: mickmac Date: Dec 5, 2006 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

If memory serves me right somewhere around '69 or '70 they found me,leading me astray with their Cryptical E's and DarkStars and Midnight Hours...and they still do.

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Poster: Moxiesoda Date: Dec 5, 2006 9:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

I had heard them a bit but I never got into them until I was 16. A bunch of my friends had already gotten turned on to the Dead, from their parents mostly I think. Unfortunetly the dead played their last show when I was 9 so I missed it on ever seeing them live. I've seen Ratdog (really great time too) though and I plan to see Phil Lesh and Friends next time they get anywhere within 6 hours of me.

It's a real shame when your favorite band is done before you ever get a chance to see them but the tons of shows I've got to listen to this site at least makes up for it in some small way.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 5, 2006 9:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

Ya, felt the same about the Doors & Jefferson Airplane ... was but a wee lad when those great and brilliant bands were all done and gone for good.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Dec 5, 2006 10:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

Arbuthnot: Yeah, it's really just coming around now man.. I think what really hit the switch was 4-21-69 "THE ARK" :) big smilie face for that show.

To be honest, I have heard like maybe 6 that I really dug, but forgot the shows.. now I am listening to just a few in rotation. I love it. When I first started listening to GD, I only like about 5 or 6 songs. Now I love so0o0 many..

The dark stars i listen to right now:

5/15/70
9/19/70
4-21-69
11-2-69 (whopper IMO)
11-11-73.

I listened to 3-1-69 and the hampton 89 one (10-19 i think?) but they haven't clicked yet.

Oh, and I think I might have got turned on to dark star by the grateful dead movie, and closing of winterland. It's one thing to hear a masterpiece, but to see it being formed...... oh man.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 5, 2006 10:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

Max ... very cool! Glad you came 'round to DS. You know, i was walking home from work today and passed by Lupo's, a downtown club that in my opinion had seen better days with better bands, but i noted that DSO is playing this Friday. Am debating whether to go, though for no other reason than i have a really long day on Saturday ... leaving for NYC at like 5AM, and while i'm not one to need a whole lot of sleep, just can't decide whether i want to shell out the bucks for a show that might let me down, reason being that most of my show-going days are in the past and i'll only head out for an artist/band that i have some already gathered respect for. Last show i caught was Henry Rollins, and while he's nowhere near the Rollins of old, i'll always respect the punk.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 5, 2006 10:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

you just don't want to be tired for being with J for a whole day in NY - who are you foolin???


OK - goin back to seclusion now ;)

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 5, 2006 10:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

Fuckin' funny man! :) I guess you're the one person on this forum i can't fool about NYC. But, you know what, you're damn right. And i'll tell you one thing, i ain't walkin' beside J, but i guess i don't have to tell you where i'll be ... however, them's dangerous thoughts, ha, ha.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 5, 2006 10:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

WORD!!! - saw her today - i'm behind you all the way ;)

This post was modified by direwolf0701 on 2006-12-06 06:31:50

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Dec 5, 2006 10:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

yeah i've grown to love the dark stars ive gotten into. I recently hit it up with feel like a stranger too :)

I when the song hits you, and 'you are one' with it

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 5, 2006 10:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How did you discover the Grateful Dead?

Know exactly what you mean ... and i guess it's all part of the aura/mystique of the GD, that it can, even 25 years later since first 'discovering' them, still reveal another nugget out of their vast treasure trove of sounds. Peace man.